Spring was just starting to slink into Moonlight Falls, but there was still frost on the ground.
Some lady showed up with an umbrella on a cloudless day to hang out in our yard.
Apparently her idea of fun was cleaning up our old newspapers.
Don’t ask me. I didn’t hire her.
I, on the other hand, was up at the crack of dawn. The city wanted to throw some kind of ceremony to recognize my awesome heroism, but the only time I figured I could get away was when people were asleep.
Oh, I guess that lady with the umbrella knew what she was doing because now it was pour rain. I guess that’s Spring for you. I should have put on a raincoat.
I dashed into a nearby phone booth to get out of the rain.
And something very strange happened….
And I got out right across the street from city hall!
Phone booths — the only way to travel!
A bunch of people came to see me get a new award. At least, I’m sure they must have been here to see me.
This hot fellow is William’s older brother Anton Pierce. Mmmmm. Hot does seem to run in the family.
A young politician named Miyuki Mai presented me with my award. I guess they couldn’t book the actual mayor.
I guess umbrellas are another way to travel. I’ll have to try that out.
And after all that, all I got was a trophy!
I appreciate the thought and all, but folks? If you want to show me how much you appreciate my work for our fair city, do it with a really fat check. We’re sitting on cat-scratched folding chairs in an empty living room, but now I have a statuette.
While I was gone, Jin tried to cook again.
But at least her love life was looking promising again.
On the way home, I decided to spend the money I didn’t get as an award to pick up some birthday cakes. We got so busy we missed the last ones, and I wasn’t going to let that happen again.
Christof was first because Caitlin was sleeping.
Suddenly, Jin realized that she’d forgotten something.
It was the hot dogs she’d been cooking when the birthday party started. Whoops.
This could have been a serious problem in another house, but Allison Wonderland lives here. I knew just what to do. First, I set Christof down where he’d be safe.
And while I was doing that Hetal put out the fire.
By the time I got outside, the only thing left to do was clean up the soot.
I’m ok with this. I swear. I am a mature woman who does not feel threatened when her wife steals her thunder without even asking.
Hetal seemed pretty ticked off at her mom for starting that fire. I hope they’re going to be OK.
While we were out, Christof grew up.
And went to get the first slice of cake.
And where was Branden, anyway?
He never seems to come home from school anymore. Doesn’t he like us?
Next it was Caitlin’s turn. She was fresh up from her nap, so the timing was perfect. Caitlin’s such a sweet little girl. I’m sorry she’s going to be getting too big for me to hold her in my arms. I’m glad that she’s going to be too big to scream her head off all the time, though.
She didn’t think we needed a cake just for her, though, and decided to age up when she got downstairs.
All right, then. We had one more chance to get this whole birthday cake celebration right. This time I was going to make it happen no matter what!
I did have a bit of trouble getting Deanne out of her crib.
But she was all right.
The whole family — except Branden — gathered around to welcome our last (and I mean LAST) baby into toddlerhood.
Raspberry was just sinking into the rug with excitement.
My sweet little green girl!
Jin was ready to get to work.
I dashed over to give Deanne her first toddler tickle!
But Hetal discovered that her ice spell was more exhausting than she’d expected. This wouldn’t have happened if she’d just let me do my job, now would it? But of course I’m not bitter or anything.
While we were all finishing up the party, Branden showed up.
“Where have you been?” I exclaimed.
“I was just out,” he said, and he immediately headed up to bed.
I just don’t know about that boy.
Right after that, Caitlin turned red and dashed to the shower.
We had to rearrange things a bit for bedtime. We figured the best place for Deanne was in the garage with Jin. I mean, Hetal and I are the breadwinners, or Hetal will be too if she ever goes back to work. We really can’t deal with a kid waking us up at night.
But it worked out all right the first night. I mean, really really all right.
How’s that for getting it right?
Fires in Home: 0 + 1
Passing out: 9 + 1 = 10
Self-peeing: 4 + 1 = 5
Minor Cheats: 1 + 1 = 2
Pet Social Worker Visits: 0 + 1 = 1
I think there should be bonus points awarded for getting 7 sims and 5/6 cats all to go to bed on time. Just saying’. I think I am going to record that under “Beautiful Moments.”
Beautiful Moments: 0 + 1 = 1
Now that I’m over the whole control freak thing, I am having a BLAST with this ISBI. People are always failing, but something funny is ALWAYS happening. I’m enjoying collecting all of the obscure fails.
Deanne is ADORABLE. She got of her her hair, skin, and eyes from Jin. However, I’m pretty sure she’s adorable because she’s a face clone of Allison. ARRRRRGH! She is Clumsy and Angler. Since I used MC to replace the baby, I didn’t get to pick traits.
Christof is an Athletic, Friendly Vegetarian I think. I tried to skill him up so I could choose his child trait, but I had a sort-of glitch at the end and didn’t finish his potty training. (It was really bad UI — it turns out that you can’t select potty training as an action if the kid is in the crib, and I thought that having no action meant his potty training was done.) I used a Change of Personality elixer on him, thinking I’d get to pick the changed trait, but no. That was Vegetarian. Christof is running the very real risk of making it to YA without being Insane.
Caitlin is a Good, Insane Cat Person. How appropriate!
I think those “phone booths” are LAAMAs? Or whatever the acronym is? I recall that Twallan said something about making them routing objects at some point. That’s the way Allison decided to go to City Hall to collect her award. You can’t see it very well, but it’s on their bed stand in the last shot.
However, I’m going to take credit for another minor cheat. I think it actually happened in the last chapter, but the social worker came for the cats because one of them was lonely, and I reloaded the game. I was NOT going to lose those cats, and besides that I’m not really planning on including them in anything point-related despite putting them on the scorecard.
The cats were always in the red or orange for social need. I wasn’t sure what to do. As an experiment, I used Twallan’s Retuner to remove React Negatively and React Neutrally from the pet autonomous action list. As far as I can tell, this action is for yowling at food that is left out, and since this is an ISBI, there’s ALWAYS food left out in various stages of decay. That action doesn’t fill any needs, but it seems to be something a pet will do instead of anything useful. Once I got rid of those actions, the cats started actually seeing to their own needs, and I haven’t had a problem since.
And I am caught up again!